“Death’s got an Invisibility Cloak?” Harry interrupted again.
“So he can sneak up on people,” said Ron. “Sometimes he gets bored of running at them, flapping his arms and shrieking…”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
People are terrified of death because facing death makes us face our own temporality on this planet. Death of a close person shatters our idea of life as a continuous horizontal line delicately flowing wrapping around things like presents from the moment we were born till the moment we die. And when this shift in perspective happens, we stop seeing world as horizontal time line – life gains depth, becomes richer in experience and we realize we can feel something we’ve never felt before – aliveness within ourselves along with empty spaces that you think you will never be able to fill. May be they aren’t meant to be filled.
Nobody really dares to think about dying. Subject of death must be avoided at all costs because we don’t want to think about losing our parents, grandparents, friends, people we care about but as life goes on these things happen and we act surprised although we’ve always known this will happen to all of us, as Benjamin Franklin said there were only two things certain in life: death and taxes.
However with taxes you can cheat the system, with death. Enough said.
Perhaps fact of death itself isn’t a great surprise, may be the surprise is that life continuous after death of our loved ones. We still have to go to work, spring always turns up, babies are born. You are surprised you can still live after they die although you never imagined you could. And even when we die, even then life will continue, even without us and you can’t be sure you are still here tomorrow.
Whether it’s accidental or contemplated action, death it’s real, except we choose to believe it happens to everyone but us. Wise people are talking about how we should live each day to the full because tomorrow might never come, others say there is no tomorrow, that tomorrow is just now and everything you make of right now. Either way, one thing is certain, we always must do what makes us happy. Every day, every minute, every second. Think about how this thing you are doing right now make you feel, if it sucks then do things that you love and do them well right now is all that matters. Searching for meaning in life is pointless because no matter what you find, it will never satisfy you.
We really begin to live the moment we stop fearing death. We fear death not because we don’t know what happens after you die, but because we are curious what may happen if we live. Of course, we are instinctive creature and we live on self preservation, but at the same time we walk on the edge of razor blade almost every day of our lives never really knowing when we are going to slip.
We fear death not because we don’t know what happens after you die, but because we are curious what may happen if we live.
I must say, I love life but I am also not afraid to die either. And to think about it, life is just series of attachments to things, names, stories, people, places etc. So really, we aren’t afraid of death, we are afraid of losing all those things because we don’t really know what we’ll be without them. And do we know for a fact we aren’t all dreaming. May be death is just something that wakes us up from this dream called life?